The traditional start to the American racing season has arrived with 54 cars across four classes set to battle for 24 hours to claim victory in one of the world’s great endurance races. Welcome to Rennsport’s live blog of the big event, covering every minute from start to finish.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend is upon us, and a lot of hours means a lot of race coverage. But do not fret, and do not be overwhelmed. We’ve taken your watching options and put them in a neat, organized fashion. How kind of us.
You there! What are you doing this weekend? The answer had better be “watching the ENTIRE Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona without sleeping, duh” or else we can’t be friends anymore. And with this handy guide from our friend Andy Blackmore, now you know who to look for.
The Roar Before the 24 is an important event in American endurance racing. It’s the first opportunity to test new cars for the the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IMSA uses data from the event to equalize the cars, which only really works if teams run to their full potential. Of course they didn’t.
If you’ve ever wondered where some of the spectacular motion shots of race cars on track come from, chances are, it’s from a photographer hanging out the back of an open van. Sound nuts? Looks nuts. A simple yet meaty harness is the only thing keeping the photographer out of the car’s grille behind him.
Magnus Racing, the perennial pranksters of the IMSA paddock, are back in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship with an all-new car. So they’ve made another clever video for the start of the season—this time in Lego, and with appearances from various drivers as well as last year’s Ballast Possum (RIP).
Race cars in the evening fog are magical. Here’s the Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R giving off an otherwordly glow during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
The end of the offseason is so close, I can almost smell it. It smells like Florida, and in this case, I’m entirely okay with that. IMSA’s big test weekend, the Roar Before The Rolex 24, is happening now, and it’s essentially a big preview for the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as the rest of the season.
Anyone wonder what ex-Nissan LMP1 driver Olivier Pla and ex-BMW factory driver Andy Priaulx were up to in 2016? Well, they’re joining ex-Aston Martin ace Stefan Mücke and Guy Who’s Driven Everything Marino Franchitti to pilot Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s new Ford GT in the World Endurance Championship.
Alfa Romeo wants to expand its brand in the United States, so what better way than through sportscar racing? According to Racer, multiple sources claim that Alfa has met with IMSA officials about joining in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s revised P2 class after the 2017 rules go into effect.
Tomorrow in Daytona, the public gets its first peek at BMW’s new endurance racer, the M6 GTLM. It looks like it wants to kill.
Nick Tandy won Le Mans earlier this year in a Porsche prototype, which makes sense because prototype cars win these races. Nick Tandy just won a rainy Petit Le Mans in a Porsche 911 GT car. That’s not supposed to happen. In fact, it’s the first time it’s ever happened.
The 1980s were a golden era for road racing both in the United States and Europe. The fields of cars were incredibly varied and competitive, the action was close, and the cars were FAST. No car was more dominant in endurance racing during this period than the legendary Porsche 962. Most race cars now have a…
Lots of Spotter Guide news this weekend, so I’ll keep it short and summaries the updates!
The Official IMSA Spotter Guide for Circuit of The Americas is available here featuring all the latest driver, team and livery updates. The IMSA race takes place on Saturday (12.35 EST)
You can download the IMSA guide HERE
The only good place to go fast in Virginia is Virginia International Raceway. (Trust me on this.)
This past weekend the TUDOR series returned to beautiful northwest Connecticut and the historic 1.5 mile “bull ring” of Lime Rock Park for the North East Grand Prix. Friday was a combination of practice and qualifying for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and United Sports Car series with the main events…
Vintage racing has long been the province of lovable misfits who are into old cars, but now at least the Classic 24 at Daytona has a bit more weight behind it. IMSA—the same sanctioning body that hosts United SportsCar and a zillion support series—just teamed up to present the Classic 24 at Daytona.
Two Sportscar Spotter Guides have just been released ahead of this weekend’s action in the US and Belgium.
Need a Daytona Prototype, a Prototype Challenge or a Prototype Lites car for TUDOR United SportsCar? Love bright orange? 8 Star Motorsports is short on funding this season and just put a ton of their IMSA-legal toys up for sale. Their crunch is your gain, amigo.Oh, and if you're not interested in an orange prototype…
IMSA announced today that BAR1 Motorsports' #16 car, a hilariously liveried "SpongeBob SquarePants" Prototype Challenge entry, failed to meet the minimum drive time required for one of their amateurs at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. IMSA isn't cutting them a break on it, either.